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Universe Today - Fraser Cain

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8 to 12
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Find commercial free Space and Astronomy news articles. The accompanying forum discusses aspects of the news in greater detail. Find book and video reviews as well as great information...more
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Find commercial free Space and Astronomy news articles. The accompanying forum discusses aspects of the news in greater detail. Find book and video reviews as well as great information about newsworthy topics. Some of the topics at the time of this review include Virtual Star Party, NASA's STEREO Spacecraft Spots Comets ISON and Encke, Volcanic Blast Forms New Island Near Japan, and many others. Most of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): earth (230), solar system (119), space (220)

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Share the images and articles on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Try using this website as a resource in art class. Have students find a picture and information, recreating it though their own interpretation. Have students in a writing class choose a photograph and create a story about how it came to be as a creative writing exercise. Have students use the news as a jumping point for research and understanding information about the solar system. Post this website on your class page or bookmark on a class computer for use as in reporting Science News. Assign a particular article that relates to a c concept you are studying. Have the whole class read it as homework, and then have them post reactions on a class wiki page. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Assign students to select a current science news article for "close reading" a la Common Core and share its contents creatively on your class wiki as examples of science in the real world.
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DynaMath - Scholastic

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3 to 6
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Check out this highly interactive online math magazine featuring rigorous practice problems reinforcing Common Core skills. The online magazine is offered in correspondence with the...more
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Check out this highly interactive online math magazine featuring rigorous practice problems reinforcing Common Core skills. The online magazine is offered in correspondence with the print magazine (available at an additional cost). The print magazine is not necessary to use the online features of the free digital edition (Click at left on "Try a Sample Issue" to see the free digital edition with videos and activities!) These articles are high interest and worth exploring a bit. Click on images to view the full digital magazine, browse through pages, or visit links to vocabulary, games, and videos. Choose also to view in teacher or student view. Separate links include teacher resources and skills sheets for printing and using.

tag(s): addition (225), angles (86), charts and graphs (197), division (159), fractions (226), geometric shapes (173), mean (26), multiplication (210), place value (53), subtraction (185), symmetry (51), time (141)

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Read an article each week together using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Try the math activities together to incorporate your language arts and math. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. This site is excellent for enrichment and reading practice for fluency and comprehension. Use DynaMath as a classroom center. Have students explore articles and share with classmates. Use as part of a Guided Reading lesson to integrate math with language arts (and also science or social studies!).
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News in Levels - newsinlevels.com

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K to 8
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Find high interest, leveled news articles (and lessons) for English language learners. Although this site was designed for ESL/ELL it could be very useful in any elementary classroom...more
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Find high interest, leveled news articles (and lessons) for English language learners. Although this site was designed for ESL/ELL it could be very useful in any elementary classroom looking for informational texts that can be differentiated for various reading levels (great for meeting Common Core standards). This tool could be used with any readers to increase comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary skills. There are three difficulty levels. Complete the Test Your Level exercise in the pop-up box after you first get to the home page to find out what level will be best for you. Many of the lessons include audio and practice exercises. In addition, interesting pictures pique the students' interest. The same story is presented in all of the various levels. The vocabulary at lower levels repeats at the higher levels with more vocabulary added as the level increases. Definitions for the vocabulary words, below the reading, assists with English meanings. The audio is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, you could always listen the audio at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the audio from YouTube. At the time of this review, most of the news story content was fine for all ages. However, please preview the story before you share it with your class to be certain it is appropriate.
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tag(s): guided reading (47), news (259), reading comprehension (124)

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Add this website to your classroom computers, websites, and newsletters for parents of ESL/ELL students or beginning readers. This tool is especially helpful at the beginning of the year, as you are learning students' reading levels. Use this tool to differentiate in all primary classes. Although this site was created for English Language Learners, it could still be used by all students including gifted and learning support. Differentiate for your advanced/gifted students in elementary, while meeting Common Core standards of Informational Text. Use these news articles as informational text meeting your Common Core goals. Assign students of different levels the same story at the appropriate level or build skills by sharing the same story as a class. Challenge groups to compare the stories in pairs. Have students create a visual presentation of the story. First have students create a rough draft of their comic using Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. For Level 1 readers have them create their final comic using Comic Creator, reviewed here, for Level 3 readers use Write Comics, reviewed here.

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Medium - Ev Williams

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10 to 12
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Medium is a site for sharing personal writing and stories. The focus is on the actual writing, rather than the extras like images, widgets, and other website clutter. You can ...more
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Medium is a site for sharing personal writing and stories. The focus is on the actual writing, rather than the extras like images, widgets, and other website clutter. You can use images to illustrate your point; however, the focus remains on the words. Upload your writing, and then link with other similar ideas to become more collaborative. One unique feature is the "get help before you publish" button. This allows others to engage and offer suggestions before publishing your work. If using the site for reading, options include following writers and finding articles with similar content through the use of tags. At the time of this review, a Twitter account is required to sign up for a Medium account. This tool is intended as a community for sharing among serious authors, not as a "school tool," so adult supervision is recommended. Not all topics are appropriate for the classroom. So be sure to PREVIEW.

tag(s): creative writing (167), independent reading (128), persuasive writing (59), writers workshop (33)

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Medium is similar to an ever changing and updating magazine. Talk about the etiquette of interacting as authentic writers, not "just a student." Use Medium to find and share interesting pieces of writing with students for independent reading or class discussions. Each article shows a suggested reading time, making it easy to choose a length that is appropriate for your needs. Have students create and share their writing using Medium as a resource for finding a broader reading audience. Have students locate and read articles of interest on Medium and write and post a response of their own. Common Core requires teens (grades 10-12) to write, respond, and revise based on input from a digital audience, and Medium could be an ideal tool for such interaction. If you are new to Twitter or looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Educore Tools for Teaching the Common Core - ASCD

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7 to 12
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Ready, set, Common Core! Do you need middle and high school resources for your journey into Common Core? Find current, relevant, evidence based tools and professional development in...more
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Ready, set, Common Core! Do you need middle and high school resources for your journey into Common Core? Find current, relevant, evidence based tools and professional development in three specific areas: About the Common Core, Literacy Tools, and Math Tools. With your free account, find resources and bookmark them to your favorites. A free journaling tool allows you to add relevant notes. This site features the work of the Literacy Design Collaborative, LDC, using the structure of effective and meaningful literacy across the subject areas. Examples are also provided for science and social studies. Various lessons and student handouts are included. LDC is examined in the use of Common Core. Math activities include grades 7-12 and feature concept development, formative assessments, and lessons in action.

tag(s): commoncore (98)

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Find the resources that are right for you, and begin to implement and dig deeper into Common Core. Discover recommended best practices and find practical tools to begin using today. From professional development to ready to use lessons, keep yourself current and stretch your students to go further. Be sure to bookmark this site (or save it in your favorites).
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History's Heroes - E2BN

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4 to 12
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Discover some of history's real life heroes at History's Heroes. Learn the story of little-known people from history, explore their timeline, read and hear other's views and opinions,...more
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Discover some of history's real life heroes at History's Heroes. Learn the story of little-known people from history, explore their timeline, read and hear other's views and opinions, listen/view audio stories with more information, then decide for yourself if each person is really a hero using the interactive activity. There are also links to Encode a Message or Record Your Own Speech. Explore the teacher resources for lesson ideas and curriculum links. Heroes range from Anne Askew to Elizabeth Fry to Allen Turing and many others.

tag(s): american revolution (85), england (55), heroes (23), holocaust (41), slavery (67), world war 1 (55), world war 2 (142)

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Use History's Heroes as a resource for teaching about unsung or little known heroes. Share the information on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Highlight a "Hero of the Week" from this website. Have students view activities on their own. Challenge cooperative learning groups to use the information to write a story persuading others that this person is or is not a real hero. (Common Core asks for evidence in supporting written opinions!) This site is excellent for enrichment or for gifted. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about any person featured on this site. Challenge students to "find" and create projects to share about other unsung heroes. Looking for some engaging presentation tools? Check out the TeachersFirst Edge Multimedia tools reviewed here. As you study local history, have students discover and describe the unsung heroes of your community. In higher level literature discussions, talk about the definition of "hero" and how these real life heroes compare to those in literature.
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Illustrating the Standards for Mathematical Practice - National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

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K to 12
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Explore the language and sample tasks of national Common Core Standards. This site is geared towards professional development for math in all grade levels (K-12). Choose from modules...more
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Explore the language and sample tasks of national Common Core Standards. This site is geared towards professional development for math in all grade levels (K-12). Choose from modules sorted by grade level and topic to begin. Suggested length of each module is 2-3 hours. Modules include videos for you to see sample lessons as well as downloadable PowerPoint presentations and PDFs including resources. NCSM is a division of NCTM.

tag(s): commoncore (98), numbers (194), order of operations (40), patterns (88), problem solving (291), professional development (164), quadratics (31)

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Has your professional development money dried up? This is a great, free resource for high quality materials to complete on your own or with fellow teachers. Divide modules into portions to use for professional development throughout the year. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector for whole group interaction/participation.
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Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension - Scholastic.com

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1 to 12
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Looking for ready-made graphic organizers? This time-saving site has numerous organizers available to print in a pinch or to use on an interactive whiteboard. Use these versatile learning...more
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Looking for ready-made graphic organizers? This time-saving site has numerous organizers available to print in a pinch or to use on an interactive whiteboard. Use these versatile learning tools with any book across all grade levels. The categories on the site provide efficient and effective searching. Find graphic organizers for assessing students, plot and sequence, character analysis and setting, reading comprehension, and organizing patterns. Find idea webs, Venn diagrams, timelines, KWL charts, story trains, reading records, and more. Integration ideas accompany each organizer.
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tag(s): graphic organizers (39), guided reading (47), independent reading (128), reading comprehension (124)

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Print and save the graphic organizers for use throughout the year. The organizers also work well on interactive whiteboards or projectors. These organizers are especially helpful when teaching different text structures found in informational text as required with Common Core. Use the organizers for writer's workshop or reading instruction. Share organizers when preparing for standardized tests to help students organize information. Use the organizers to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your student's thought process.
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Lesson Plans and Activities for Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer - Penguin Group

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6 to 12
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Find a thorough pdf lesson plan guide aligned with the Common Core standards and so much more. Through this guide, middle school students will learn about the U.S. court system ...more
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Find a thorough pdf lesson plan guide aligned with the Common Core standards and so much more. Through this guide, middle school students will learn about the U.S. court system and the anatomy of a criminal trial. They will also learn about the rights of the accused, the jury system, and career opportunities. The materials support the book by providing more accurate and state-specific information on the legal process. There are plenty of interactive activities suggested so students are not just passive readers.
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tag(s): careers (140), civil rights (119), courts (15), critical thinking (116), guided reading (47), independent reading (128), reading comprehension (124)

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Use this unit as a whole, or pick and choose the activities you think your students will be most interested in. Collaborate with your social studies teacher to teach about the judicial system as you read this book. If you have students who have previously read "Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer," they can still read along and will learn so much more from the activities. Or those who have read this book may want to read another book in the series but can still follow the activities from this guide.
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OK2Ask'®: Common Core Literacy (K-8) - Oct 2013 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Get to the "Core" of literacy in your K-8 classroom using TeachersFirst resources. Participants will view and explore resources that help develop key literacy skills and address Common...more
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Get to the "Core" of literacy in your K-8 classroom using TeachersFirst resources. Participants will view and explore resources that help develop key literacy skills and address Common Core standards. Resources that promote collaboration and individual skill work will be shared. Participants will explore and discuss how resources can be utilized in their own classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL Technology Comfort Levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring 6 -10 literacy resources on TeachersFirst, Explore and practice with the suggested resources, Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants in the session, List and discuss curriculum projects or activities their students could do with their chosen resources, and (as follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a and d, 2a, b, and c, 3b and c, 5a. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

tag(s): commoncore (98)

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View this archived webinar to learn some new ideas about the Common Core and Literacy (grades K-8). Take a look at the resource page full of wonderful literacy ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Food, Glorious Food! Serving Up Common Core Connections - TeachersFirst

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K to 5
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This read-aloud from TeachersFirst provides some resources and suggestions of books and activities on the theme of Foods and Nutrition. The content areas can provide rich opportunities...more
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This read-aloud from TeachersFirst provides some resources and suggestions of books and activities on the theme of Foods and Nutrition. The content areas can provide rich opportunities to integrate the CCSS English Language Arts standards as we teach science, health, and social studies. With the current focus on childhood obesity, the popularity of school gardens and farm-to-school initiatives, and the campaign to "eat local," the connection to food-related books is compelling. This installment in our Help! I lost my library/media specialist! series of ideas for implementing Common Core really gives you "food for thought."

tag(s): commoncore (98), nutrition (157)

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When teaching science, social studies, or health content about nutrition, foods, plants, or farms, consider pairing fictional books along with informational texts to maximize the potential of every unit of study. This read-aloud is a good starting point. What a perfect way to integrate healthy eating, whether during the holiday season or spring garden planting!

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Exploring Fossils and the Fossil Record - e-Learning for Kids

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1 to 5
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Dive into the world of fossils and go on an expedition in this multimedia presentation. Learn about fossils, and gather each of the tools you will need. Gain knowledge about ...more
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Dive into the world of fossils and go on an expedition in this multimedia presentation. Learn about fossils, and gather each of the tools you will need. Gain knowledge about paleontology as you venture into the desert and plains. In each environment, learn about the fossils you dig up with a detailed picture and description.

tag(s): dinosaurs (54), paleontology (42)

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Encourage students to explore the world of paleontology. Add this site to your unit of Earth science, or dinosaurs. Introduce on your interactive whiteboard and encourage students to do more research on specific areas that fossils have been discovered. Challenge students to create a wiki about dinosaurs and paleontology (or add to one you already have). Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Have students integrate this knowledge with other informational books to do a short, focused research project to align with Common Core standards. (Learn more about short, focused research projects a la Common Core in this article.) Include actually "making" fossils to integrate art into your study. Add to a literacy center for further exploration. Include this link on your class website for students to access outside of class.
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Intel Education Units - Intel

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K to 12
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Find engaging, challenging units to begin your Common Core journey. Intel Education Units are complete and include assessment tools. Search by grade level or subject. Find the basics...more
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Find engaging, challenging units to begin your Common Core journey. Intel Education Units are complete and include assessment tools. Search by grade level or subject. Find the basics for planning units. Also find sequencing maps, sequencing activities, classification charts, and prioritizing listings. Instructional Strategies include activating prior knowledge, graphic organizers, cooperative learning, and questioning strategies.

tag(s): literacy (106)

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Begin your curriculum planning here. After reviewing exemplary units, use as they are, or modify to fit the needs of your students, content, or even resources adding your own personal touch. They will inspire you to dig deeper and go further with Common Core! Be sure to bookmark this site (or save in your favorites) as your go to resource for Common Core.
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Mathster Vakkas Math Videos and Lessons - Mathster Vakkas Productions

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K to 6
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Find fun and engaging resources for teaching elementary math with real-life objects. Resources include skits, tutorials, interactive read alouds, and worksheets on Common Core topics....more
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Find fun and engaging resources for teaching elementary math with real-life objects. Resources include skits, tutorials, interactive read alouds, and worksheets on Common Core topics. After registering with your email address, use the links to find lessons or tutorials by topic. Hover over the icon to view a short description of the activity, suggested grade level, and difficulty level. Each activity includes printable slides from the video, practice pages, and answer keys. There is also a section to choose to learn how to solve the problem for each activity. One unique feature of the site is the interactive read alouds. Just click play, and stories read on your own. There are also extension activities to print and use at the stories' end. Registration (with email) is required. However, all is FREE.

tag(s): addition (225), charts and graphs (197), division (159), fractions (226), geometric shapes (173), money (183), multiplication (210), patterns (88), probability (139), subtraction (185), time (141)

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Use the videos and tutorials from this site throughout the year to engage students in math learning. View videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Watch videos in the classroom then provide students with handouts to complete at home using objects they see every day. If your school is BYOD, have students view the video on their own devices (at home or school) and discuss what they learned in class the next day. Encourage parents to watch the videos, too!
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Beyond The Bubble - Stanford History Education Group

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6 to 12
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Beyond the Bubble offers a new generation of history assessments that work hand in hand with Common Core Standards to provide a window into student thinking and promote academic literacy....more
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Beyond the Bubble offers a new generation of history assessments that work hand in hand with Common Core Standards to provide a window into student thinking and promote academic literacy. Refered to as "HATS" (History Assessment of Thinking), assessments go beyond recall to applying facts in context. Choose the assessment link to explore topics such as "Civil Rights Movement in Context" or "Edison and a Kansas Housewife." Lessons also include an interactive rubric and sample student responses. Don't miss the going deeper activities, such as videos. Click links to download materials available in PDF format.

tag(s): 1920s (14), assessment (112), civil rights (119), civil war (143), cold war (30), colonial america (106), immigrants (22), immigration (60), rubrics (32), slavery (67), thanksgiving (31), war of 1812 (15), womens suffrage (25)

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Bookmark and save this excellent site as a resource for Common Core social studies literacy assessments. Many of these activities (and videos) are ideal for your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share the interactive rubric BEFORE the lesson, so students are aware of exactly what is expected. Use activities and materials provided on the site. Create your own similiar activities. Explore this site during professional development sessions for ideas for rubrics and lesson planning. Click on tags for "same assessment type" to find additional assessments not in the main list.
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In a Manner of Speaking: Figurative Language and the Common Core - TeachersFirst

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K to 5
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Dive into the Common Core standards for figurative language in both reading and writing in elementary grades with this article and resource collection. The article includes book suggestions...more
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Dive into the Common Core standards for figurative language in both reading and writing in elementary grades with this article and resource collection. The article includes book suggestions for figurative language, as well. This article is part of a series about implementing Common Core. The article is intended for elementary teachers as part of our Help! I lost my library/media specialist series.

tag(s): commoncore (98), figurative language (16)

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Read lesson ideas and learn more about the ambitious figurative language expectations of Common Core as you begin to implement the new standards. Mark this article in your Favorites. Many of the suggested resources may be helpful during curriculum planning sessions with other teachers or with your teacher -librarian if you DO have one. Click the "share" widget to send them to others!

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Math Landing - MathLanding.org

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Math Landing offers tools and resources for elementary math specialists and teachers. Choose from several different options for exploring and finding materials on this site. The Classroom...more
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Math Landing offers tools and resources for elementary math specialists and teachers. Choose from several different options for exploring and finding materials on this site. The Classroom Collections include Common Core lessons and interactive puzzles. The Professional Collections all offer information on integrating Common Core standards into math lessons and classroom routines. View on-demand webinars with topics such as math and technology and evaluating apps for early learning. Use the search tool to search by topic and grade level. Be sure to check out the mathematics history section with information on famous mathematicians and the role of women in math (great for Women's History Month). Registration isn't necessary; however, it is free and allows you to rate resources, join groups, and organize resources into personal folders.

tag(s): commoncore (98), data (159), decimals (125), fractions (226), measurement (172), number sense (95), operations (124), preK (293), probability (139), problem solving (291)

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Be sure to bookmark and save this site for math lessons and instruction throughout the year. Use the search feature to locate lessons appropriate for your teaching situation. Share webinars on the site for viewing during professional development sessions. Explore the collections for resources in every content area (be sure to choose "all" to view all available collections). Register on the site to save resources to easily find them.

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BLAST Common Core State Standards: Mathematics Professional Development - Clark County School District

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Find many professional development modules for understanding Common Core State Standards in Mathematics for grades K-8. Each module includes four main components: standards, assessment,...more
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Find many professional development modules for understanding Common Core State Standards in Mathematics for grades K-8. Each module includes four main components: standards, assessment, instruction, and collaboration. Designed with collaborative groups in mind, modules use Edmodo reviewed here as the platform for discussion and response. Access modules at any time for professional development on your time schedule!

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This site is excellent for use during professional development time in grade level meetings. Choose a different standard for exploration monthly or weekly across district levels without having to leave your building. Use for your personal knowledge. Complete modules to gain a better understanding of Common Core Math Standards.
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Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum - US Dept of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service

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Serving Up MyPlate is a collection of classroom materials for elementary and middle school teachers that integrates nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and...more
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Serving Up MyPlate is a collection of classroom materials for elementary and middle school teachers that integrates nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. The site includes Teacher Guides, songs, posters, parent handouts, games, and graphics for school meals. Choose from three different teacher guides based on grade levels to view or download in PDF format. Guides include lessons correlated to Common Core standards and include student handouts. Elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or other Child Nutrition program may order free copies of several items including posters, curriculum, CDs, and handouts using the order form available on the site.

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Download the teacher's guide to use for lessons with any nutrition lessons. Print posters available on the site for use in your school's cafeteria. After participating in lessons and viewing provided posters, have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here.
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MobyMax: Complete K-8 Curriculum - MobyMax.com

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K to 8
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Practice and improve student skills in the K-8 curriculum with MobyMax. Start with pre-testing students and assigning differentiated activities for reading, math, science, writing,...more
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Practice and improve student skills in the K-8 curriculum with MobyMax. Start with pre-testing students and assigning differentiated activities for reading, math, science, writing, grammar and vocabulary. Pre-tests target areas of struggle and assign curriculum based on need. Never again will students have to practice material they have already mastered. The progress tracking throughout is based on Common Core standards. Adjust assigned curriculum on your own if desired by reassigning a pre-test or assigning your own lessons. Register using your email and school information to begin. Add your student list. Once created students have their own individual login to begin placement testing. There is a PRO account that costs money; this review is only for the FREE portion.
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tag(s): addition (225), assessment (112), classroom management (157), differentiation (52), division (159), fluency (25), game based learning (137), multiplication (210), subtraction (185), vocabulary (318), vocabulary development (123)

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Create a classroom account. Use MobyMax during centers, for nightly homework, or computer lab time. Share with parents as an excellent resource for practicing math, reading, writing, grammar, science, and vocabulary skills at home. Use the pre-testing features at the beginning of the school year to get students started at the correct levels. Use this tool to differentiate for all students. Your gifted students can pretest out of material already learned and receive activities and instruction at their individual level. Be sure to bookmark this site to use with all levels of students.

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